Accenture is to increase its intake of IT professionals in 2007 by 20% to meet strong demand from financial services firms for specialist skills.
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The consultancy and systems integrator will recruit 1,700 IT specialists this year, up from just over 1,400 last year.
"Financial services is the key industry for all technical skills. We recognise that some skills are hot skills, so we do analysis to understand what those hot skills are," said Julia Harvie-Liddel, Accenture recruitment director for UK and Ireland. "There is a bigger push for SAP skills than Oracle, Lawson or any other enterprise resource planning system."
Accenture aims to recruit 800 staff with experience of implementing IT within businesses, 500 staff to join the company's graduate scheme for technical consultants, and 400 people to fill pure technology roles.
Recruits will work in one of six areas of IT: financial performance, customer relationship management, strategy, human performance, supply chain and networks.
New graduates can expect to earn £28,500 a year, with a £10,000 signing-on bonus. Graduates promoted to manager level can expect to be earning more than £65,000 a year within five years, said Accenture.
The firm pays bonuses to people with hard-to-find skills or experience of working in industries with the greatest shortages of skills.
Accenture's 20% growth in the number of IT posts compares with a 10% growth in Accenture's total UK workforce, which is expected to rise from 2,000 people in 2006 to 2,200 people in 2007.
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